Recognizing many common community needs from which commercial businesses and families alike can benefit, it is helpful to partner with business around critical issues like affordable housing.
Annual Fundraiser to End Homelessness
Local businesses can provide event sponsorship, including advertising, contacts, food, and donated items for auction
Corporate group volunteerism
Throughout the year, local businesses donate time and often materials to help shelters and providers like House of Hope, Inc. Companies can send teams of people to provide a day of service to the organization.
Challenges and Effective Ways to Address Them
Challenges to Engaging
Strategies to Overcome
Have not worked with business partners before- making connections.
Need for education about homelessness and how non-profit or Regional Network is contributing to the community.
Example of contributing to the community:
Emmaus, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides housing to homeless families in Haverhill, has purchased property within the community and gone to great lengths to make renovations and improvements to it; increasing the value of the property and establishing themselves as an active participant in Haverhill.
Businesses are bottom-line oriented so it can be challenging to get funds from them especially during difficult economic times.
Examples include: Wellspring House Inc., which manages a job shadowing/training program for medical administrative interns, some of whom are hired and become excellent employees.)